Malaysia's Largest Wildlife Reserve
The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is Malaysia’s
largest. It was created in 1984 to preserve Sabah’s wild animals.
Occupying a large part of the peninsula forming the northern arm of
Darvel Bay, it is located 48 kilometres east of Lahad Datu.
The refuge covers 1,205 square kilometres, mostly of lowland
dipterocarp forest, with some mangrove forests in the northern
areas. While not completely primary forest, the area is still
extremely rich in birdlife and contains Pigmy elephants, Sumatran
rhinoceroses, and many varieties of monkeys. The refuge also has
several mud volcanoes that provide mineral salts for wild animals,
which can be observed from a watchtower.
Only recently accommodation has been made available. There are
various categories, from aircon chalets to eco-tented platforms.
How to Get to Tabin & Accommodation
Fly from KK to Lahad Datu, then onwards by tour van or chartered
taxi; at Tabin there are various types of accommodation to suit
every budget. Since access is restricted we recommend that the stay
is organised through a tour operator in Sabah.
Tabin Wildlife Resort